This blog post has been contributed by Sarojani Ayyapath, a teacher in Pawar Public School in Bhandup, Mumbai.
As a teacher of a reputed school I always look forward to the open house days. The day when the parents discuss about, “where their ward stands academically in a class of 40”? Sometimes I wonder are they talking about the life that they created or are they referring to their product that was led into the market and they wondered if it had a good chance to survive the tough competition. There are some parents who only bother about the score card of their children; they seem least interested in knowing how well the child adapts to a class or to a subject in particular. While there are those who enquire about every possible class in the neighborhood that could enhance their child’s overall development, there are some who want their children to love the school and take part in the learning process. Hence I take the liberty of broadly categorising all the parents in the city into three categories.
Category 1 : The ones that belong to the first category are those who are very clear about what they want from their children and how. These parents are crystal clear and think traditionally, that only academics can help a child to overcome the deficiency of Vitamin M in the future. For them any activity other than academics is a sheer waste of time. The classes these parents recommend are the Abacus, Vedic Math, Grammar classes, Science made easy classes etc. They do try to find ways to make academics easy and interesting.
Category 2 : The second category comprises of those who wish to follow the trend of overall development for their children. These parents ensure that the child is trained in fine arts, sports, academics, etc. and try and ensure that the child does well in everything. The parents who fall in this category believe that they are giving the world’s best to their wards and take time out of their busy schedules to take their kids from one class to another and in turn expect their little ones to fare well in everything that they have paid for. I call these parents naïve and innocent as they spend lot of their energy, money and attention in ensuring that the child is equipped with every possible talent and has several options of career to choose from in the future.